Serving all of Louisiana

Educators + Support Staff

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

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Pre-K4

Cecile Olivieri

Pre-K4 Teacher
I am a Parisienne and I love Paris, but I also love traveling and discovering other cultures. I studied in Paris and then I left to study in Dublin, Ireland. I returned to France and taught in Paris and then in the south at Perpignan. When I moved to Louisiana I didn’t know how long I would stay, and here I am 10 years later! I am incredibly happy living in New Orleans, it’s a wonderful city. This year I look forward to new experiences at Lycée!

Elise Becker

Pre-K4 Teacher

I come from Nancy, a city in the northern region of France. There I studied psychology at university before starting my career in teaching, which was over 25 years ago. I have two sons who are studying in university now. To them I have given the gifts of hard work, kindness, music, culture, curiosity for the world, love of life, and a good sense of humor.

Sam Fick

Pre-K4 Teacher

I was born and raised in Covington, Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University–during which time I studied in Nantes, France–where I received my B.A. in English Literature. After graduating I worked for a year in Le Mans, France as a high school English teacher. Upon returning to Louisiana in 2012 I began working at Lycée Français as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten class. I was also an assistant teacher in a Pre-K4 class before beginning my current role as an interventionist. In my free time I enjoy gardening, cooking, swimming, reading, and bicycling.
Florence Olivieri

Pre-K4 Teacher
Hello! I’m from the Paris region. After having taught for 12 years I wished to experience something new and I chose Louisiana because it’s an area that I really like. Teaching for me is a passion, I love to spend time with my students because they are so creative! Outside of school I play sports and take long walks with my dog.

Kindergarten

Audrey Chiaramonte

Kindergarten Teacher
I worked at Lycée as a PK-4 teacher from 2011 to 2013. Afterward I taught PK in Beirut and 1st grade in Dubai. But of course, I missed Nola so much that I decided to come back with my husband, who has also worked at Lycée. I am from Lille, in the North of France. I enjoyed traveling and making things with my hands.

Gwladys Dal-toé

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello. While I am relatively new at Lycée Français, I am accustomed to working in an immersion environment, having taught as a kindergarten teacher in Lafayette. I have been teaching since 2009, mostly with pre-k4 and kindergarten students. I am happy and proud to work at Lycée Français, which will be the only public lycée in the United States!

Viviane Lerichard

Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Viviane, I am originally from Martinique! I graduated from the “Université des Antilles” with a Masters in teaching French as a Foreign Language. After 12 years as an Accountant Director Assistant, I decided to pursue Education. Throughout the past 16 years I have passionately dedicated myself to teaching Pre-K and Elementary grades, as well as, adults. To my surprise, it was teaching at a PreK-Elementary level that inspired me to reflect the most on the way we learn, and in particular how we take in a foreign language. In part due to the multicultural atmosphere of New Orleans and my experiences as an immersion teacher, I was inspired to research and write papers about the neurological processes of learning a foreign language. I enjoy being exposed to so many different cultures and every year is a challenge as I meet children with different needs and personalities. The key word is to be able to work collaboratively with the whole educational community involved in the child’s education. Additionally, I like traveling, hiking and playing board games.

Elodie Allard

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello. I am Elodie. I come from Dunkerque, a town in the north of France. Since 2004, I worked in Dunkerque as a teacher specializing in serving learners with special needs. After having worked with numerous NGOs in Asia, Africa and South America, I studied to obtain a masters in French as a Foreign Language in order to teach abroad. I am excited to work at Lycée Français. This year will be enriching, both on a professional and cultural level!

François Zoutu

Kindergarten Teacher
Hello! My name is François. I was born and raised in Louviers, a small town in Normandy. I studied the sciences for two years in the eastern part of France, in a city called Nancy. Back in Normandy, I specialized in physics, but later decided to become a primary school teacher. I have been a teacher since 2004, specializing in pre-school. I love being in New Orleans because music has always been a big part of my life!

First Grade

Laila Hachimi

First Grade Teacher
Hello everybody! I was born and grew up by the sea at Dunkerque, in Northern France. I taught in the region of Seine-Saint-Denis near Paris. Before becoming a teacher, I was a journalist, working in television, radio and print media. Before or after work, I practice meditation, which I like to teach to my students because it soothes and make them pause amid the many distractions that surround them.

My two bold children are taking part in this awesome adventure with me. I’m sure I’ll learn with my new students tremendously this year and… vice versa of course!

Anne-Laure Dijoux

First Grade Teacher

I was born in France and raised in Reunion Island: the most beautiful place on Earth! I started teaching in Mayotte Island (Comoros Archipel) in 2006. When I was there, I also studied French Literature and obtained a degree to teach French as a foreign language. In 2011, I moved to Louisiana through CODOFIL to teach French Immersion in Cecilia where I fell in love with the Cajun culture! I have been living my “American Dream” since that. I love teaching, I love the challenge of learning new languages and I love traveling. After a short year teaching in Florida, I am beyond excited to come back to Louisiana and to be part of the team at the LFNO!
Nawel Eddamiri

First Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Nawel, I’m from a small village near Paris called, Vaires sur Marne. After finishing my English studies, I began teaching at the elementary school level and it’s almost been 13 years since I started. I have always appreciated traveling and learning new stories. Why New Orleans? I have always wanted to discover another culture that is rich and lively and NOLA has it it in spades. The city’s history and richness of cultlure, not to mention, the great effort to promote the French language in Louisiana, have all fueled my decision to launch myself into this adventure. I am accompanied by my husband adn two children and I am proud to be a part of LFNO!

Salma Anguilet

First Grade Teacher

More information coming soon, we can’t wait to introduce you to our new staff!

Benedict Granie

First Grade Teacher
Hello, I am Benedict and I am excited to join the Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans team this year. I am originally from the Paris region and I began my career as a one who works with children with intellectual disabilities. I am passionate about traveling to discovering other cultures, I have taught Mayotte for 7 years, Guyane for 2 years and the last 3 years in Cambodia. Now I wish to share my knowledge and experiences in order to help my students progress and become independent, free thinkers and to express themselves in a space that is accepting, and respectful of the needs of others. In this “grand American adventure”, I will be accompanied by my husband and my daughter who will be attending LFNO too!

Second Grade

Marielle PeeterBroeck

Second Grade Teacher
Hello. My name is Marielle. I come from Belgium, a country north of France. After graduating, I worked in Brussels as a primary school teacher in 4th, 5th and 6th grade for seven years. I taught French too for 3 years in an immersion program with children from different countries. During that period, I helped pupils in 1st through 6th grade with difficultes in French and Mathematics. I love my job because there are a lot of challenges and I think it’s very important to teach with kindness so that the pupils can flourish while learning. I can’t wait to start this new adventure in the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans and discover this beautiful country.

Emilie Gauthier

Second Grade Teacher
Hello. My name is Emilie, and I am from Nantes, a city situated in the west of France. After studying psychology, I became an elementary school teacher. As an educator, I wish to share my language and my culture through teaching. What I love about my job, it’s when I see my students working together and expressing the joys of success.

Kelsi Dougherty

Second Grade Teacher
Hi there! My name is Kelsi. I’m a lifelong resident of Louisiana. I’m originally from St. Francisville, but I lived in Baton Rouge for five years to attend LSU before moving down to New Orleans in 2013. I worked as an assistant at École Bilingue for two years, then spent this past year in Rennes, France working as an assistant and taking master’s courses. I love music (you’ll probably hear me singing with the kids at least once!) and fully take advantage of the thriving music scene here in New Orleans. I’m so excited to be a part of the team here at Lycée.

Aurélie Pierrard

Second Grade Teacher
Hello I’m Aurélie (o-ray-lee) and I’m French. I’m originally from Cannes on the French Riviera. I’ve been lucky to teach for the French immersion program in Lake Charles for three years with the CODOFIL and I’m very excited to be back to Louisiana and be part of the Lycée Français. I have a degree in economics and spent a year in Montréal, Canada to study science education.

Pauline Gonin Kibby

Second Grade Teacher
Hi all, my name is Pauline and I am originally from Paris, France. Attracted by New Orleans’ beautiful weather and culture, I moved here to finish a degree in Political Science 9 years ago. To this day, I’m still amazed to keep (re-) discovering exciting aspects of the city all the time! I have been lucky to teach in a French immersion program for the past five years and to specialize in cooperative learning. I love to share my hobbies with my students and practice with them yoga and mindful breathing. In my free time, I like to travel, read and enjoy outdoors yoga!

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

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Third Grade

Emily Thibodeaux

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Lafayette and was born and raised in Acadiana. Louisiana francophone heritage and language are very important to me and a big reason why I am happy to teach French immersion. I previously completed by B.A at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and hold two Masters, an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and an MAT from Centenary College. After previously teaching for 3 years at South Louisiana Community College I have worked for Alliance Française, been a “jeune ambassador” for the Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques in Canada, and lived in Rennes, France for two years as I both studied and worked as an English Language Assistant at a lycée. I have a passion for teaching, culture, food, music, dance, and am completely obsessed with by dog, Francis.

Audrey Congi

Third Grade Teacher
I come from Belgium, a tiny country near the north of France. After graduating from university, I worked as a primary teacher in an immersion program for nine years in Liège, the city where I come from. I have always taught third and fourth graders, for whom I have great appreciation. They are avid learners! I often feel as if I am growing with them. My husband and I are extremely happy to live here in New Orleans, and we can’t wait to discover all the beauties that Louisiana has to offer.

Valérie Delpy

Third Grade Teacher
I am originally from Corrèze, a beautiful region in central France. After getting my BA in history, I also got my teaching certificate. I have taught many different grades and have had students from ages 2 to 11. I have taught at Lycée Français since 2015. I’m happy and proud to teach here. I am happily married. I also love reading and traveling. One of my main passions is salsa.

Eugénie Soria

Third Grade Teacher
I am originally from Avignon in the south of France. After studying biology, I worked for two years in private laboratories before becoming an elementary school teacher in 2005. When I was younger, I spent my free time playing sports, notably judo, for which I have earned a black belt. In past years, I have discovered the joys of acting in theater. I also enjoy traveling. After visiting numerous countries in Europe, I am excited to start my journeys in America, starting with Louisiana.

Stephanie Lodenet

Third Grade Teacher
My name is Stéphanie. I come from Orleans, a city located south of Paris. After obtaining a degree in language science and a masters in education, I taught in schools at all levels. I have also worked with an NGO in Cambodia. The experience inspired me to continue to learn about other cultures while sharing my own. I am very happy to be in New Orleans!

Fourth Grade

Margot Marks

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Margot and I am a born and raised New Orleanian (but with a french mother)! I attended an elementary immersion school here in New Orleans where I developed a real love for the language. I am incredibly excited to get to share that love with my students next year!

Julien Dal-toé

Fourth Grade Teacher
I come from France. I have been teaching for 9 years, including 7 years as a director and 1 year in immersion in Lafayette. This is my second year in New Orleans. I love music, movies, books, nature and sports.

Yvan Favreau

Fourth Grade Teacher
My name is Yvan Favreau and I am French Canadian ”Un Canadien Errant”. I have taught French 9 years (3 times 3 years) in Lafayette. Between those 3 times. I have been fortunate to travel and teach French as world language teacher in different countries including : Taiwan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Turkey. I am very excited to join LFNO team to teach and bring my expertise where kid’s learning is my priority. I feel I am coming back home

Sarah Mellouki

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hi, I’m Sarah and I come from Brittany, in the northwest of France. I studied physics and chemistry for three years before becoming a primary school teacher. I love cinema, arts and music. I am really thankful to be able to teach at Lycée and share my culture with American students. I already love New Orleans, and I’m sure it will be a rich and wonderful year!

Hubert Heidsieck

Fourth Grade Teacher
Hello! I am originally from Reims in the eastern side of France. After my receiving my Bachelors in Science, I went to work in Rome in 2009. In 2012 I decided to become a teacher and have taught in Paris since then. I am excited to start this new chapter in New Orleans; a city that has always amazed me.

Fifth Grade

Philippe Chavet

Fifth Grade Teacher
My name is Philippe and I am originally from Marseille. I used to teach in Avignon, France. I have been a schoolteacher for sixteen years now, and have taught all grades. I was also in charge of the USEP, the Primary School Athletics Union in France for several years where I used to coordinate games and cultural events between local schools in my region. I had worked in New Orleans for two years previously and I am very happy to be able to be back in this great city. For this new adventure, I brought my sweet wife Sabine and my son, Antoine.

Laurie Navarro

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hello everybody ! My name is Laurie. I was born and raised in Narbonne, a city in the south of France. I have a Masters in Teaching (Primary School) and a Masters in Languages. I studied English and Spanish, and I fell in love with the English language, which lead me to spend one year in the United Kingdom as a French assistant. And that’s also why I decided to come to New-Orleans. I am proud to work at LFNO and share my language and my culture through teaching. I can’t wait for the new experiences this year will bring!

Pierre Alexandre Van Hamme

Fifth Grade Teacher
I taught for 16 years in Guyane. But I grew up in Algeria and France, so I consider myself a citizen of the world! I’ve come to Louisiana to discover a new culture and a new aspect of francophone life. My initial studies were in the sciences, but teaching has allowed me the gift of learning from different communities. I’ve worked a good amount with non-Francophone students. Therefore I hope to use my experience to the benefit of my students.

Jeremy Deveil

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hi everyone! My name is Jeremie and this is my first year at LFNO. I come from Bordeaux. I like movies especially those by David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick. Contemporary American Litterature is definitely my favourite literary genre and I am also a big fan of rock music. I enjoy playing and watching most sports as well. I am looking forward to discovering a new way of teaching and I hope this is going to be a great year for my 5th graders and me.

Abdelhadi Eddamiri

Fifth Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Abdelhadi, I’m from Vaires sur Marne, a small village not too far from Paris where living is easy. Legend says Joan of Arc hid her sword in the village church, but that hasn’t been verified yet. In any case, I have been teaching the past 17 years. I initially started teaching middle school before moving to elementary education and then back to middle school where I specialized in teaching history, which has been my passion for the past 10 years. I was also lucky to have had the chance to travel, I taught in a provincial school in Montreal and also spent time working and studying in San Diego. I love to travel and I appreciate peoples’ stories and cultural exchanges. This year I return to teaching elementary school, this time for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. I am happy and proud to be among you, accompanied by my spouse and two children.

Middle School

Pierre Yves Hebert

Middle School Teacher
Hi! I’m Pierre-Yves and I’m from Grenoble in the French Alps. I studied Mathematics, Management, Business and Finance. I have had interesting jobs (banker, lifeguard, and more) and I became a teacher five years ago. I’m doing my best every year to help young students to discover their own path! I joined Le Lycée Français de La Nouvelle Orléans to discover and share new ways of teaching, and I’m glad to be part of the team! I’m someone who is curious and full of energy. I like sports (skiing, running, etc.), traveling and adventures. And I’m sure we are gonna have a great adventure together this school year!

Amélie Foucault

Middle School Teacher

Bonjour! Guess where I am from?! I’m come from a Celtic area in France where we frequently eat crêpes and galettes. I was teacher in France and other places abroad before coming to New Orleans. I’m so happy to be in Louisiana and to learn more about the culture of Louisiana: music, history, art, etc. I am overjoyed to be a teacher at the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans!

Susy Raga

Middle School Spanish Teacher
Hola, hola! My name is Susy Raga and I am from Valencia, España. I studied Hispanic and Italian Philology at Valencia University, as well as Social and Cultural Anthropologie at Uned (Universidad nacional a distancia de España). I became teacher more than 12 years ago and I am still learning. I have lived in NOLA for 6 years and I really, really, really love this city. I am excited to start a new adventure at Lycée; I am sure it is going to be an awesome year! I love creating costumes, travelling and reading…did I mention I love New Orleans?

Laurent Fontaine

Middle School Teacher

Teacher Ph.D. Math, Science and Technology MSTIR – French Nationality. My wife teaches as a PE in another Middle school in Nola with two Children’s, the last of whom is enrolled in the Lycée Français on the Johnson campus.

Johmyrim “Joe” Johnson

Middle School Teacher
More information coming soon, we can’t wait to introduce you to our new staff!

Eline Verbeke

Middle School Teacher

Hi, my name is Eline. I am from Mouscron, Belgium. I studied history and geography. I became a teacher in Brussels and I decided to study french as a second language. I am excited to start a new adventure at Lycée.

Vanessa Clincy

Middle School Teacher
My name is Vanessa Clincy, I’m from a beautiful island where the mountains are tall, the sea water turquoise and the temperature always 80 degrees. I’m from Haiti. I have been teaching for 10 years. I speak French, English, Spanish and Creole. I have a bachelor in Business Administration and completing a Master’s in Educational Leadership. I love to travel and explore new cultures. I like movies, dancing and outdoor activities. I’m happy to join the LFNO team – I have been a Lycee mom since it’s inauguration in 2011 when my son Alex entered Pre-K 3.

Art, Music, & P.E.

Kelly Galjour

PE Teacher

I am born and raised in New Orleans, and couldn’t be happier to call it home. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the Lycée family for the last 5 years. Both of my sons will continue at Lycée this year, entering the 1st and 3rd grades. My family & I enjoy traveling, spending time at the beach, and attending music festivals. I am so excited to be the new PE Teacher for the 6th & 7th graders.

Rebecca Madura

Art Teacher
As a native New Orleanian with deep family roots to the French and Creole heritage of the South Louisiana, I am very excited to join Lycée community. I have been teaching art to children and adults in the city for almost 30 years. As an artist, I am a painter, working primarily in oils. I continue to create my own art and exhibit locally. As a teaching artist, I strive to develop aesthetically responsive, literate, skilled and creative students with a life-long interest and involvement in the arts.I am involved with many community arts projects where I volunteer my time and talents to promoting the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the arts especially with the youth of New Orleans. When not teaching, I can be found at home in my studio, or gardening, cooking, and just relaxing on my porch. I hold a B.A. in Fine Art (Studio) and B.A. in Liberal Arts (French) from the University of Texas. Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s of Liberal Arts at Tulane. I am married with four children (plus one son-in-law), two dogs, four cats and a turtle at last count.

Pascal Valcasara

Vocal Music Teacher 
My name is Pascal Valcasara. I am a professional musician. I have been living in the USA for 15 years now, in different states, but I consider New Orleans to be home. This town is providing me the amazing opportunity to fully live my passion that is music. My website is www.pascalvalcasara.com. “Without music, life would be a mistake…” F. Nietzche.

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people! Our ELA teachers listed below serve both campuses.

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Courtney Spring

English as a Second Language, English & Spanish Teacher
I am from Lafayette and have deep roots in Louisiana. This year will be my ninth year in education. Before New Orleans, I lived and worked in Lyon, France, Greater Boston, and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. My second language was French and my third is Spanish. Outside of school, I love food (who doesn’t?!), especially desserts, I love languages, learning about other cultures, and Latin dancing.

Ben Bruhnke

English Teacher
My name is Bernhard Bruhnke, but Ben is much easier to say! I am originally from a sweet little slice of America known as Shreveport, Louisiana. I have been teaching since 2008, and I have a degree in English Education with a minor in Journalism. I am happily married and have a son named Emerson. I am really excited to be a member of the Lycée faculty.

Nick Porras

English Teacher
Hello! My name is Nick Porras, and I am originally from Southern California. I am thrilled to be back in New Orleans! Since finishing my Bachelor’s in Education, I have been traveling around the world. I spent three years in The Gambia as a US Peace Corps Volunteer (Education) before teaching two years of high school humanities at TLC International in Mauritania. For the past two years, I have spent my summers living in Senegal, a great place to be. I feel extremely fortunate to now have the opportunity to live and work in the lively and friendly city of New Orleans. This city has some of the most genuine, fun, and good-hearted people I have ever met. I cannot wait to work with your child and watch him/her develop and progress throughout the year. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your child and to live in this city!

Holly Kymes

English Teacher
My name is Holly Kymes. This will be my 14th year teaching. I have taught a variety of grade levels in Texas and Louisiana. I have an undergraduate degree from Centenary College where I played tennis, and I have a Masters of Education from Texas A & M- Commerce.  I have taught in private, public, and charter schools. This year I will teach ELA to kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade students.  I am married with 2 daughters, Mallory and Matilda.

Yoon Lee

English Teacher
Hi! I am one of the English Language Arts teachers at this gem of a school, making this my fourth year. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and have taught every grade from kindergarten to 5th grade. My B.A. is in English Literature from Sarah Lawrence College while my elementary education certification is from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. When I’m not working, I like to cook, garden, travel, watch movies, read, do yoga, catch up with friends, and spend time with my husband, daughter, cat, dog, and frog.

Annie Neahring

English Teacher
I am so thrilled to be joining the Lycée Français team this year! For the last few years, I have been teaching and writing curriculum for 7th grade English in St. Bernard Parish. Before that I had an opportunity to work as an English assistant in Toulouse, France; ever since returning to the United States I’ve missed being part of French culture. Et voilà, I sought out an opportunity to help with the Bonjour NOLA summer camp a few years ago and was informed that a 6th grade English position would be opening up this year. I am incredibly thankful to be part of an organization that deeply cares about educating the “whole” child from academics to social and emotional growth, to environmental issues and also focuses on opportunities outside the classroom.

Fidgi Simeon

English Teacher
Hello my name is Fidgi Simeon. I am thrilled and proud to work in New Orleans public schools. I believe that schools can provide children with developmental, growth and opportunities for success. I look forward to providing a quality French-immersion education for the students of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans. I am excited to see the outcome of cultural exchanges between myself and students.

Jinger Whiddon

English Teacher
I am from Pensacola, Florida, but moved to a few different cities in the U.S. before choosing New Orleans as my forever home in 1996. I am a returning English teacher with two kids who are also students at Lycée. I have a passion for education that was ingrained in me and carried on by my entire family. I also love history, literature and cultural and physical geography. Teaching kids about all of these is a privilege, oh and so much fun!

Rachell Turner

English Teacher
Howdy and Bonjour! I am originally from Texas, but I have lived and taught in schools all over the map including in South Korea, China, Houston, France and New York City. My most recent position was at the French American School of Puget Sound in Seattle where I taught kindergarten and first grade for seven years. When I am not teaching I love live music, knitting, riding my bicycle and exploring my new town. I am very excited to be back in a public school and teaching at LFNO!

Catherine Golden

English Teacher
I am thrilled to be welcomed into the Lycee family. I have lived in New Orleans for 10 years and have taught both Kindergarten and Spanish at schools here in Orleans Parish. Most of my experience in teaching has been in the primary grades and I am fortunate to be able to continue the experience here at Lycee. After earning both my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and Masters Degree in Elementary Education at The University of New Haven, CT, I ventured to New Orleans to share my knowledge and expertise in the field of education. I love travel, spending time with my family, dance, parades, rollerskating, photography and chocolate!

Jane Joyner

English Teacher
Hi. I’m Jane and I was born in Algiers. Not the country in Africa but the New Orleans neighborhood across the river. In my early school years I was taught by the Ursuline nuns here and then went on to Tulane University. I have taught English at French schools in New Orleans for quite a few years. Yes, you might call me a native “Where Y’at” but I have traveled most continents and my husband is a “foreigner” from Brooklyn.

Ciaj Strode

English Teacher
Hello everyone. I’m Ciaj, and I could not be happier to be a part of the LFNO team for the second year. The educators, staff, faculty, and students are a joy! They bring so much to my life. I have been speaking French for over 10 years and I am glad that I am able to work on it everyday. I have enjoyed my time working in multiple components of the school, and now I look forward to teaching English Language Arts to so many bright and smiling faces everyday. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, I came to New Orleans to pursue a career in education. I received my bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in Elementary Education in 2017, and currently completing a master’s in Educational Leadership from the same illustrious institution. I am your average city girl, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this city. I love food, entertainment, and fun– all of which New Orleans has to offer. Now, teaching elementary and middle school English, I can say that this career is as rewarding and fulfilling as I’d always imagined. I love to travel and I plan to utilize my passport more as the years go on. I’d also like to see how education systems compare across the globe. Teaching have always been my passion– I feel as though passing on my knowledge to future generations is my duty to give back to society. I plan on continuing my education advocacy through teaching and leadership because I believe that the future lies in the hands of my students!

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

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Randall Spidell

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a fanatic for language and expression, writing in my free time, composing music and of course reading anything I can get my hands on in the French language. Curious almost to a fault, I have traveled extensively and have worked abroad in Europe and in Thailand, most recently as a language assistant in Sedan, France. New Orleans was my favorite city as a child and I was drawn to it for its liveliness long before my obsession with the French language and the cultures thereby accessed began. I am excited to be a part of LFNO and to here develop and train in the art of teaching, especially in language instruction.

Ana Treffinger

PreK-4 Teaching Assistant

I was born and raised in New Orleans and went through the French immersion program at Audubon Montessori. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received my BFA. While in college I nannied part time and became interested in early childhood education. I worked for two years as a classroom teacher at McGehee’s Little Gate before taking a year off to attend an artist residency in Mississippi. I am excited to return to teaching!

Soledad Joseph

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant
My name is Soledad Joseph. I am married and have 3 children. I am originally from Haiti and speak English, French, and Creole. I’ve been teaching at Lycée Français since 2013, but I’ve been working with children since 2000.

Rabiatou Iro Mayaki

Pre-K4 Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Rabiatou Iro Mayaki. I’m originally from Niger (West Africa) where my official language is french. I have been living in Louisiana since 2014, I am married and have 2 littles boys. I studied Socio Anthropology at the University of Mali (West Africa) and did many internships with children in varying difficulties. I have been substituting since last year at LFNO, where I meet wonderful people and most importantly the student body that the Lycee serves. I love cooking, traveling and listen to diverse sound of music.

Sabine Chavet

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Hello everyone, my name is Sabine Chavet and I am married and mother to a nine-year-old boy. I am originally from the south of France, near Avignon. I have a two-year degree in business management and I am also certified in early childhood education. In France I worked as an activity coordinator and a teaching assistant in elementary schools. Our family’s love for adventure is what brought us to New Orleans. I love art, and in my spare time I like to renovate, transform and build pieces of furniture out of odd parts. I also love going to the movies, walking outdoors, and cooking delicious meals for my family and friends.

Solange Jean-Pierre

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
Salut ! My name is Solange. I am originally from Haiti, but I have been living in the US for 16 years now. In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at Paris Diderot University in France. I hold a degree in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2015 I moved to New Orleans and fell in love with the city. That same year I began working at this great school!

Jean-Denis Hilaire

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
As a professional, I’ve worked for many well-known organizations and accumulated a wealth of experience in different fields including, education. I’ve been very fortunate to travel to many countries and learn about their cultures. All these experiences have allowed me to evolve in a multicultural and diverse environment. I studied Sociology and Anthropology at State University of Haiti. I am a very passionate and dedicated person, and today, I am very proud to be part of the Lycée Français here in New Orleans.

Anais Nunez

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
I was born and raised in New Orleans. I am part French as my mother is from Colmar, in the Northeastern French province of Alsace near Germany and Switzerland where I spent many summers growing up. As a former student at a local French immersion school, I have first hand experience in French immersion education. I am now a mother to two Lycée Français students and I spent last year substitute teaching at Lycee Francais. I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work full time with our amazing students, teachers and staff.

Julia Reagin

First Grade Teaching Assistant
I was born in Kentucky, and moved around from state to state throughout my childhood. I came to New Orleans on a Trailways bus in 1977, and here I still am. I have brought up my one son here, in Mid-City, where I still live. I have worked, sometimes as an assistant teacher, and at others as a teacher at Audubon, Isidore Newman, Langston Hughes and Ecole Bilingue, and at LFNO (my favorite) since its opening day, in various positions. I have a BA in French, earned late in life, as well as the DALF from the French Ministry of Education, and a certificate in Perfectionnement linguistique from the University of Mons Hainaut in Belgium. For many, many years I worked as a gardener, first for the City of New Orleans – a job I truly loved, and for which I earned a horticulture license from the La. Dept of Agric. -and then in private gardens all over town while bringing up my child as a single mother. For the past five and half years I have also been teaching ESL to Latin American immigrants and they have inspired me so deeply that I have begun to learn their beautiful language too!

Jana Blakes

Playground Assistant

My name is Jana Blakes and I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. I am a professional dancer who dances salsa, cha cha cha, and bachata as well as ballet and jazz. New Orleans is my favorite city on the planet because of the culture, the food, the music, and people!!!

Our highly qualified teachers, teaching assistants, interventionists and support staff are the heartbeat of our school. They’re also very interesting people!

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Interventionists/Special Educators

Will Arute

SpED Interventionist  
After traveling extensively throughout the United States (Colorado, Portland, Boston) I finished a BA in Educational Philosophy and Business from the University of New Hampshire and began a graduate level internship at Boston University. I became fascinated with Educational Psychology, and varied and differentiated learning environments in New Hampshire and the Southwest, especially Second Language Acquisition. For me, life has come full circle, as my daughter is also in a French immersion school and now I can call my favorite city , New Orleans home. We love the French culture and people, and most especially the food.

Julia East

Academic Interventionist  
Greetings! I was raised around the Mississippi Gulf Coast but learned the majority of my French while living overseas, in Germany and Japan. I have a degree from University of New Orleans in Interdisciplinary Studies in : French, German, and Photography. This is my fourth year with the Lycée family. My colleagues in the support staff realm really make me proud to work here. We are a very dedicated team focused on creating a rich learning environment that supports all student’s learning needs. I am helping this year with 2nd graders who need help in English , French, and Math. Please contact me if you ever need any guidance or resources to aid your children with their academic growth.

Britt Hodanger

Academic Interventionist
I was born and grew up in Paris. I have always loved traveling and discovering different cultures and decided to come to the USA for grad school. I graduated from Nicholls State university with an MBA. I now call New Orleans home and have worked with different organizations including the Jazz Fest. I have been involved with the Lycée community since 2013 as a parent, substitute teacher and after-school homework teacher. I was also the liaison between the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the school for the second-graders’ “Thinking Outside the Classroom” program. It is a joy to see students grow. I love the outdoors, live music, cooking, and swimming.

Chip Harmon

Academic Interventionist
I’m Chip. I was born and raised on the best bank, an enchanting pocket of New Orleans which is at times mistakenly named after its geographical location, the west bank (of the Mississippi). I earned my B.A. from LSU and thereafter moved to Nimes, France to teach English at the primary school level. My most recent professional endeavor is that of an arborist. Prior to that experience, I worked at Lfno from 2012-2015. I couldn’t be more excited to return to teaching at this wonderfully bilingual school while simultaneously earning my teaching certification through teachNOLA. It is very rewarding to work at a school which prioritizes serving a student population which reflects the fabric of our city, a city where high quality public education is critically important. I also coach soccer. My most beloved hobbies include but are not limited to all things nature, sporting, reading, food, music, gardening, kayak fishing (is it still called fishing if you don’t catch anything?), festing, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and my dog.

Anne Lootens

Academic Interventionist
I grew up in Indianapolis and moved to New Orleans 10 years ago.  I studied French in undergrad at Tulane, had the opportunity to live in Paris for a year, and now I love speaking French every day! This is my fourth year at Lycee. I love working with children with diverse needs, and am passionate about teaching the whole child. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing piano, and traveling.

Vincent Wiemann

Academic Interventionist
I was born and raised in Concarneau, which is located in the department of Brittany. After obtaining my degree in English and American literature, I packed my bags and moved to the UK. There I continued my studies at the University of Exeter. In 2013, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Louisiana through CODOFIL. I am proud to work with Lycée Français and be part of a school that is constantly evolving in the field of education. For fun, I love musique – I worked for several years with an English radio station. My two other passions are rugby and martial arts.

Rachel Barnett

Behavioral & Academic Interventionist
I grew up in Ferguson, Missouri. I’ve worked with elementary children in Belize, India and here in the States. I believe education is freedom, and am proud to be with Lycée for another year.

Flora Cabili

Special Educator
Hi, I’m Flora Cabili, a special education teacher for the elementary school. I am a native from Lyon, France where I spent my childhood before moving to California. Since 2015, I live and teach in New Orleans. I received a BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and I am, simultaneously with teaching, pursuing a Masters of Education at John Hopkins University. Bilingualism and the opportunity to travel foster my curiosity to discover new cultures and individuals. I thrive on human connections and I find it fascinating how people interact and learn. I am a fierce believer that everyone deserves an education that accommodates their learning needs so they can succeed!

Paula Anicete

Special Educator
Bonjour à tous! What a blessing to spend my 8th year as a Special Educator with Lycee Francais! Thank you. Originally from Houston, I majored in English and graduated in 2006. I have been certified as a Level III Reiki Master, completed a 16-hour Sound Therapy training, and graduated from a 450-hour Yoga Teacher program—all under the guidance of Michelle Baker, founder of New Orleans’ own Swan River Yoga. Fall 2018, I begin a year-long Ayurveda certification. My main objective as an educator is to increase my students’ confidence and develop a real passion for learning. I seek to empower today’s youth so they can feel responsible for their own education and inspired to live their dreams.

Child Specifics

Shermetrius Mack-Gray

Child Specific Paraprofessional
My name is Shermetrius, but everyone calls me Mack. I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri also known as the “Show Me State.” I graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where I received my Bachelors in Political Science. I moved to NYC a year later where I received my Master in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management from LIM College. I started working with adults/children with autism about three years ago and fell in love with the job. I chose Lycée because I wanted to gain experience working alongside teachers to better support the children in that particular setting and as an added bonus learn a new language. Fun fact about me I am a soon to be new business owner opening my first women’s boutique in September and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

Chelsea Krout

Child Specific Paraprofessional
After spending the first 20 years of my life in Pennsylvania, I ran away to France where I lived for 2 years. Upon returning to the U.S. I packed my bags (again) and moved to New Orleans in 2012. I started at Lycée 5 years ago in Pre-K. Since then I have moved up the ranks through Kindergarten and first grade, and this year I am a proud second grader. Like many of my fellow second graders, my favorite subjects are snack and recess. When I grow up I want to be Batman.

Moise “Kanou” Frisch

Child Specific Paraprofessional
Hi my name is Kanou. I was born an raised in Haiti. I am a native speaker of French and Haitian Creole. I have a bachelors degree in international relations. I currently work at Lycee Français as a teacher’s assistant within their child specific program. Outside of work I enjoy reading, playing soccer, playing music and spending time with friends. I am very thankful and excited to be a part of this team.

Ted Orphan

Child Specific Paraprofessional
I moved to New Orleans about three years ago. I grew up in Oak Park Illinois, which is right on the border of Chicago. Before I moved down here I spent over a decade working in Special Recreation. During that time I led after-school activities, coached Special Olympics sports teams, ran summer camps and more. I look forward to becoming more involved in this new community.

Marissa Morrow

Child Specific Paraprofessional
Salut! I grew up near Detroit, Michigan and moved to New Orleans in 2013 to attend Tulane University. I completed my B.S. in Public Health and French this past spring, and I’ve decided to stay in New Orleans since it’s the best city ever. Although I’ve worked part-time at Lyçée for 2 years, this is my first year working full-time and I can’t wait to start this fall as a Classroom Assistant!

Susanna Kropff

Child Specific Paraprofessional
Hello.  My name is Susanna. I am honored to be joining Lycee Francais this year. It is a privilege to be a part of such a culturally diverse team of educators. I have worked in Special Education (Pre-K) for the past 14 years. This past year I worked as an ABA therapist in New Orleans. I love teaching Special Education students and am committed to fostering children’s curiosity and discovering their passion for learning.My interest outside school includes spending time with my family, creating art, live music, and exploring this beautiful city.

Melissa Scheib

Child Specific Paraprofessional
I was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in New Orleans. I love the city of New Orleans! There is always something to do and something to celebrate!  I love going to events in the city, traveling, going to the zoo, and playing kickball. I studied and graduated with my masters in Social Work at Tulane University and have always had a passion to help the community especially children. I look forward to using my Social Work skills at Lycee and picking up some french along the way.

Gifted

Simone Feaster-Armour

Teacher of Gifted Services
I have a BA and an MA in French Area Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I also hold teaching and administrative certificates in multiple US states, including Louisiana. I have lived in multiple regions in America, as well as Northern India. Born in the South, I am so pleased to have left the cold snows of New England for this magical city. I am thrilled to be part of the Lycée Français community. In my spare time, I love to do anything outdoors from gardening to scuba, and I enjoy a good adventure, big or small.

Molly Critchlow Liberto

Teacher of Gifted Services
Salut! I’m happy to be back in New Orleans and at Lycée Français! I was raised primarily in Missouri, but I did spend a couple years of my childhood in New Orleans. Since I graduated from high school in Columbia, MO, I have lived mostly in St. Louis, but I have ‘roamed’ to Nashville, Québec, San Diego, Paris, and now back to New Orleans. In that time I collected many ‘things’: a husband and three children; a B.A. in French, Political Science, and International Studies; a M.A. in Sustainable Education; as well as, 15 years experience as a teacher. I’m very excited to be teaching in a language immersion environment. For most of my teaching experience I have been a French teacher, but I have also taught social studies and English. For one unforgettable year I taught English as a foreign language at Louis Pasteur School in Villejuif, France just outside of Paris. I look forward to an exciting year at LFNO.

Stacey Stanfill

Art & Talented in the Arts Teacher
I am originally from Memphis, TN but have lived in New Orleans longer than I ever lived anywhere. I have a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics and in 2007 I achieved National Board Certification for Teachers in Early Childhood/Young Adult Art. I spent the past 20 years teaching art to young people including 17 years with Jefferson Parish Public Schools in the Visual Art Talent Education Program.  The heart of my teaching practice is always to help my students achieve their creative ambitions. Like many other teachers at Lycee, traveling and learning about other cultures has also been a lifelong passion. I got this travel bug in 1994 while traveling in a VW Bus through Mexico and Central America. After that I went on to live on the Ecuadorean coast for a year where I taught English. For many years I have been involved with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and have been fortunate enough to travel to and volunteer in Asia a couple of times. I am proud to be at Lycee where there is so much cultural appreciation and awareness. My son attends Lycee and hopefully my daughter will too when she is in Kindergarten. I love being a mother and spending as much time as I can with my kids while they are young.

Speech Pathologists

Caroline H. Johnson

Speech Language Pathologist
I have a Masters in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center. I completed my Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and French at Tulane University, spending a year abroad at Université de la Sorbonne in Paris. After university, I worked as an assistant teacher for K-2nd grades in the French immersion program at Audubon Charter School. I earned a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate from Loyola University and taught immigrants English through Catholic Charities. I then went to Samara, Russia to continue teaching English abroad. I love working with children and was delighted to return to Lycée Français after having spent Spring 2015 as a Speech-Language Pathology extern at the school.

Michael-Jean Zinni

Speech Language Pathologist
After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, I developed educational programs with a small NGO called Tutors for All. We provided one-to-one basic skills instruction in reading and math for over a dozen charter-public schools throughout the city. In 2012 I moved to New Orleans to pursue a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders to become a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). In addition to conducting research in language acquisition for children on the autism spectrum, I work as a part-time SLP at University Medical Center in acute and outpatient care, providing services for a broad range of patients, including stroke survivors, persons with traumatic brain injury, ALS, Parkinson’s, swallowing disorders, and more.

Lindsey Boettinger

Occupational Therapist

Bonjour! I am thrilled to join LFNO as the on-site occupational therapist. I am originally from Maryland, and I have lived in New Orleans since 2009. I taught English to children and adults while living in Cairo, Egypt, and my own exerience of immersive learning inspired me to join LFNO. In my previous career I cared for many persons from different immigration experiences in Cairo, Washington DC, and New Orleans. I like painting/creating, exploring, community building, and reading. I look forward to working with the LFNO team to assist your children on their journey to reaching their fullest potential!

Counselors

Michelle Tate

School Counselor 
I have been an educator working with students of all ages since 1997. I received my B.S in Secondary Education from Auburn University in 1997.  I moved to Memphis and obtained my M.S. in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis in 2000.  I lived and worked as a Memphis City School teacher for 10 years and in the process, obtained my Education Specialist degree in School Counseling.  I moved to New Orleans in 2008 and worked as a middle school counselor in St. Bernard Parish for eight years.  In the Fall of 2016, I joined the LFNO community.  I am so happy to be the Johnson Campus School Counselor!

Angel Werner

School Counselor & Registered Play Therapist
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S),  Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Registered Play Therapist. I obtained my Masters Degree in Education of Counseling from the University of New Orleans. I have extensive experience in the education system on all grade levels with a focus on early education. My philosophy on education is to meet a child where they are. Then, teach them the skills needed to move towards academic success. I am grateful that I get to be apart of your child’s life journey.

Support Staff

Ashley Aucoin

Coordinator of Athletics & Behavior Supervisor
I am a native of Folsom, Louisiana and have now made my way across the lake to New Orleans, where I now call home. Athletics have always been a huge part of my life. I played basketball from an early age all the way through college, where I was awarded a full athletic scholarship to Spring Hill College. I have over eight years experience coaching at various levels, including high school, junior high, elementary and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). I worked with PlayWorks for three years as a Program Coordinator. This is my fourth year at LFNO, and I am honored to be the Coordinator of Athletics this year.

Stephan Daniel

Coordinator of Student Safety & Behavior
I was born in Montainville, France. I have traveled extensively for my studies and my job both in France and abroad. I have lived in Louisiana with my wife and children for the last ten years. I have taught French in two different schools here.

Medical Staff

Ginger Easton

School Nurse

Hello! I’m excited to be joining the LFNO staff as part time school nurse this year! I also work part time at a pediatric clinic. Both are a welcome change after nearly 10 years as a NICU nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I am originally from southern Illinois, or as my husband calls it, “the Kentucky part of Illinois”. After my bachelors degree in psychology, I worked as a teacher in a prison for 6 years. Looking for a career change, I moved to Baltimore to attend nursing school. In early 2016, our family relocated to New Orleans for my husband’s work. Our two sons are Lycée students, and we plan for their baby sister to join them there in a few years. I’ve come to love our new city – thanks in large part to the Lycée community. When I’m not busy working as a nurse and hanging out with other people’s kiddos, I enjoy spending time with my own family. I also enjoy reading, bike riding, barre class and the occasional Netflix binge.

Keli Coleman

School Nurse
I grew up in New Orleans and graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Health Promotion. I later attended nursing school in San Francisco where I lived for 13 years. I became a Registered Nurse in 2002 with my first job in Labor and Delivery. After having my own children, I moved to France for two and a half years, returning to New Orleans in August 2008 whereby I fell in love with this incredible city again. I love being a nurse and helping others and I love children, so naturally I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join such an outstanding team of colleagues at the most dynamic school in the city. In my personal time I love to travel, exercise, spend time with my kids, my favorite holiday is Halloween, and I love all animals.

Pam LeBlanc

School Nurse
Hi. I’m Nurse Pam. You can find me at Patton Campus.

Ibrahima-Julien Diaban

Thinking Outside the Classroom Zoo Liaison
Hey y’all!!  You cannot imagine how happy and proud I am to work at Lycée for the 5th year. I remember when I graduated as a nurse in Laval – my lovely hometown in France – and when I earned a French as Foreign Language Diploma, I couldn’t imagine that I’d live this dream: to work with wonderful students in a zoo, to teach them ”football” (soccer in America), to enjoy the unique ambiance of this city, and to even live in a little house at the zoo swamp – or so the children believe.

Ann Woodruff

Thinking Outside the Classroom French Quarter Liaison
I am excited to join the staff of Lycee full-time after two years of working solely on the French Quarter TOC program. Originally a New Yorker, I have lived in New Orleans for almost 20 years and consider myself semi-native. I earned a MA degree in Historic Preservation from Tulane University and have worked at the Louisiana State Museum, as well as in other history and old-house-related capacities.  I am also a Lycee parent and will have the interesting experience this year of working with my own child in the 4th grade French Quarter program. I’m sure to embarrass him as his French is already better than mine!